Cody Braun will be joining us soon! Keep your questions coming!
I'm here and ready for your questions!
Which on of the Braun brothers is the best athlete - which one thinks he is?
(Laughing) I'm the best but Willy thinks he is.
What Yankee highlight in your lifetime was your favorite?
Let me think for a second ... how about just counting the rings everyday.
Did you play ball as a kid?
I did. My brothers and I built a field behind our house and played mostly with friends. I did play Little League for one summer. But because of our schedule we were on the road playing music all the time so not much organized ball. I was usually pitching.
How would you guys characterize your band? Do you like the "roots rock" label? Rather just be called country?
We've always called ourselves Hick-Rock but roots rock also works. Rock n roll with fiddle.
How did you guys come up with the idea to do a celebrity softball game?
We were actually at a Round Rock game and were talking about how much fun it would be to play on that field with friends and then we just came up with the idea to do it for charity. We were standing with some of the Round Rock guys and it became a reality pretty quick.
What is your opinion of A-Rod? Did you like him when he joined the Yankees or did you have to learn to like him? Or do you still not like him? A-Rod is an enigma wrapped in a riddle.
I've always liked A-Rod. He's just such a great player. In baseball and music I try to put the personal lives aside and just look at the talent and what they do. As a player he is one of the best and I've always been happy he is a part of the Yankees. He has come a long way since he joined the Yankees. He's grown a lot and become a better player.
Since everyone else on the planet has weighed in, can we get your opinion on where LeBron is going?
Who cares? I'm a baseball fan!
Do you guys ever have time to check out other bands or go to other concerts? If so, what is the best one you have been to recently?
We do when we are at home in Austin. We go out a lot to see other bands. So much great local music there. I've been playing with Dale Watson and Hayes Carll quite a bit.
Would you trade your music career to be a pro baseball player?
That's a tough question. I don't think I would. I was talking to my friend Matt Lebisle and he said the biggest difference is we win everynight and he gets his ass handed to him every couple nights.
If you are a Yankees fan, what do you do if they are playing in Game 7 of the World Series and you have a gig at the same time?
I would probably be recording it and watch it later. We've had that happen before. We were on a plane in NY during the All-Star game one time and the show had to go on!
How would you say you guys have grown as a band since you first started?
We weigh twice as much! Seriously, just playing together as long as we have has allowed us to feel really comfortable on stage and we've just gotten better as musicians playing some 200 shows a year.
Howdy Cody, If you could reincarnate which major league player would you come back as?
I would want to come back as Mickey Mantle. It seems like he had a pretty good time.
What is your favorite venue to play?
Gruene Hall! It's one of the oldest dance halls in Texas so it's one of the few places that has that old vibe and all our heroes have played there at one time or another.
Being a Yankee fan could you play a show at Fenway?
I already did it! Did the national anthem there about four weeks ago. Yes, it was hard. But cool.
Who is a music artist that you like that might surprise people?
I'm a meat and potatoes guy in that I listen to pretty much all old stuff. I was on a big reggae kick for awhile and jammed with a band over there. It's a little weird for a fiddle player but a lot of fun.
Cody - I saw a picture of you at the Softball Jam that you put on last month and you were wearing a pair of good looking cowboy boots with your baseball uniform...what kind of boots do you wear and how do they do rounding first?
I hit a dribbler to the SS so limped over to first. But the boots tied the room together nicely.
Favorite BBQ place in Texas?
Cooper's BBQ. They are in Ft. Worth and a few other locations.
Or the Salt Lick in Austin.
What was the last argument you guys had?
Geez. 15 minutes ago maybe? Burger King or Wendy's.
When are you coming back to Baton Rouge? We had a blast when yall came to Lucy's! - COME BACK!!
Yeah. We hope to come back to Lucy's in the Fall.
Did you put in your vote for Swish to go to the All Star game? What did your parents do differnt with Willy to make him SETTLE for Boston? poor guy
I didn't get to cast my vote this year. We were just on the road too much and our computers weren't working. We got to go to the game in St. Louis last year which was great.
You played a song in Steamboat that I can't find of itunes anywhere. The chorus went something like "Don't worry _____ we'll make it on time" What is the name of song and where can I find it? Thanks
It's called Desolation Angel.
Hey Cody, what similarities have you discovered between professional baseball players and professional musicians lifestyles and pressures?
The traveling around is the big one. We're both in the entertainment business really. We're just trying to make people forget about their troubles for awhile and have fun.
Our 2 year old daughter loves your song "Guacamole"!!! She's always asking us to put in on for her. In fact Reckless Kelly was one of her first shows (@ Floores Country Store).
That's pretty funny. Thanks. It's an old Texas Tornadoes song.
You play several musical instruments-which is your favorite?
The fiddle for sure.
how many songs does Recklass Kelly have in your catalog (recorded and not recorded)?
Well, we have 8 records worth of original stuff. Well, not all original I guess. 7 and a half maybe. We do have some that we've written but not recorded. They're not that great or we would have recorded them. Having been together for 14 years, we have hours and hours of stuff to pull out.
Who pulls off the best pranks RK or Ragweed?
Jay is the best prankster.
what changes do you think the Yankees need to make to get to the World Series, and who are they playing?
I think they are looking fine. If they stay healthy I think they have as good a shot as anybody. A lot of teams are coming out of nowhere though. It should be an interesting second half.
When I was growing up my parents said they didn't like the Yankees because they won all the time and I didn't understand it. Now I totally understand it-HOW CAN YOU LIKE THE YANKEES!!!
My dad was a Yankee fan and that was the only team on TV during that time. Me being the oldest son I just followed him. My mom is from Massachusetts so that's how Willy ended up being a Red Sox fan.
What are your thoughts on a duet with Miley Cyrus. I think you guys would sound great together.
I love duets. If you were there to produce it, we would definitely give it a shot.
Thanks for the questions! Keep supporting live music and baseball!